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    another last.

    …this one is the last business trip. to our hunt valley office (my first time there, and to the baltimore airport – funny how first things and last things can go together). to facilitate a training class in manager effectiveness. this was the fourth time I’ve delivered the class, and it was hands down the best. the managers were all really glad to be there and I think they learned and had fun. it doesn’t get much better than that! but I won’t miss the lonely hotel rooms and meals by myself (another first – room service dinner). or the time in airports or on planes. time when I would…

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    retirement lunch.

    …as in oh my, it’s real, isn’t it?!  click here to see who’s who my team treated me to my all-time-favorite maggiano’s family style. we ate (lots…fried calamari, fried cheese, maggiano’s salad, caesar salad, gnocchi, rigatoni d and cake and cookies) and shared stories. mostly about the past. lisa and matt raided the closets and cubicles and dug up an NTRC marketing video (yes, a VHS tape from the mid-1990’s I think) and a folder full of marketing brochures, client communications pieces and company newsletters. we shared stories about managers. about projects. about office space. about balancing family and work. about lunches out with teammates. about all the things that…

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    officially.

    …retiring. reported in our internal leadership newsletter last week: After a long and impressive career in benefits outsourcing, Mary Rogovin will retire from Hewitt effective January 2010. Mary began her career in the early 1980s with Hazlehurst & Associates (a predecessor to Northern Trust Retirement Consulting), which Hewitt acquired in 2003. With a degree in Applied Mathematics from Georgia Tech, she aspired to be a pension actuary. But, in the fall of 1983, she took a temporary assignment on Hazlehurst’s newly formed Defined Contribution recordkeeping team and never looked back. Since then, Mary worked in nearly every aspect of benefits outsourcing. For the past six years, she was a Benefits…

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    apartment hunting report – days three and four.

    …yesterday wasn’t quite so busy – we had a great run in the parkand then picked up stuff for a quick breakfast from dean & deluca. lots and lots of window shopping later, we stopped at this great gourmet grocery right around the corner for dinner snacks. we thought today might be more window shopping with a lease signing sometime midday. but while we were at lunch, katie got a call from the leasing office that the paperwork wasn’t all together. I spent a very stressful hour at our nyc office printing paystubs and then arranged for tax returns to be faxed. and now we’re waiting (somewhat impatiently) for a…